Metropolitan and Element 3D V1.5 Now Available!

The year has just began and already the Element 3D update is available and  our MASSIVE new 3D Buildings pack, Metropolitan!

The past several months, have been insane! A life consumed by rooftop-details like air-conditioners, heli-pads and industrial-antennas. Our team worked very hard to push the quality of the buildings to incredible heights and we are excited to finally make it available!

Visit Metropolitan product page now!

Watch Metropolitan Trailer in HD on Youtube

Element 3D:

We’ve also added some serious new features to Element 3D such as Animated OBJ Sequences, Real Time Glow with Chromatic Diffraction. Plus Custom Anchor Point Control, Draft Rendering mode and even ambient occlusion per material. Plus this update is 100% Free, past customers can log-in and download right now!

Watch the Element 3D V1.5
New Feature Video

Free Upgrade to V1.5:
Download Element 3D V1.5

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235 Comments

1 year ago
Hi, very nice very nice I love you. Information and I have always seen a steady
Sean
1 year ago
My work with Element 3D:

http://youtu.be/6Vf1JmVaJ2o
2 years ago
I savour, lead to I discovered exactly what I was
taking a look for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt!
God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye
Greetings! Quick question that's completely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My web site looks weird when browsing from my iphone. I'm trying to find a theme or plugin that might be able to fix this issue.
If you have any recommendations, please share. Thank you!
Brian Pace
2 years ago
I have scoured search results but cannot find a solution to the problem we have at our shop. Here's what we keep running into:

Using V1, when we collect AE projects, the link between textures (and I believe OBJ's) is getting lost. Whether the project is collected (using 'AE collect files') or simply moved in the Finder, all the models are untextured when the project is opened after the move.

Again, I can't find a fix, workaround, or even comment about this. If anybody knows how to resolve this, it would help immensely. In our shop, we have to swap projects around a lot. So, unfortunately we cannot change that aspect of our workflow.

Thanks in advance,
Brian
    2 years ago
    Collect files does not work with Element 3D, you will need to manually copy the files into the Video Copilot Model folder on the destination system.
2 years ago
I think you could develop a lot more products in the future. Create "City Packs." New York, LA, Chicago, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, etc. I need these for corporate work.
JuanchoAlv
2 years ago
How can we make the rain effect? Thanks Andrew! Good job!
MCA
2 years ago
fantastic , I'm thinking about buying the metropolitan city , may I if this pack works with Element 3D v1.0 or do I have to get the update v 1.5 for the city to work ? thanks
gio_yep
2 years ago
hi guys. i find problem (im not know ask anyone about this before me) with multi-object. it dosnt work with russian texts..help!!! ...sorry for bad english.tnx!
2 years ago
Element 3D update 1.5 with the obj import and Metropolitan Pack is fantastic. Makes me and my ideas going mad. Congrats to the Kramer Group.
AJ
2 years ago
I'm for sure getting this!
Aren't you guys at VC also making a landscape pack? The one we all saw in the demo reel of Element 3D? Or ist it just a false alarm?
Cheers!
Ron in Calgary
2 years ago
Got it, thanks Andrew and team!
I'm stuck on how to create a city that is built on hills, and too place some buildings on top of the different land levels, any suggestions?
Samuel Domingues
2 years ago
Great update!! :)
Thanks VC for your hard work! Can someone explain me the correct way (Wich maxscript do you use, do I have to bake the animation?) to export an obj sequence in 3ds MAX? I´m dying to break things apart.
Thanks
Amedeo M
2 years ago
I am not able to log-in or register a new account at all. I realy want to download this update, please help me
    2 years ago
    Have you purchanged Element 3D ? If not then you canot login or download update. If you brought Element then contact support . They can help you out :]
Deepak Mistry
2 years ago
Hi

how you transition wireframe building to normal building

thanks
    2 years ago
    That is z-pass compositing work. Like you do composite something using matte to fill that up in 2D. "Zpass" is the way do same things in 3D :]
Deepak Mistryq
2 years ago
Hi

how you create glow travelling on the building

please make tutorial for that

please
thanks
mik
2 years ago
sir,please make some tutorials for 3d max !!!! nobody understands it the way you do!!!!
agustin zammarrelli
2 years ago
andrew i cant sign in to download the update, im registered in the forum, but how can i sign in this site, please help, i want the update
White
2 years ago
Fringe style detected
Jon
2 years ago
Please, what font is used for the METROPOLITAN type? Thanks.
    Josh
    2 years ago
    A bold version of agency gothic I believe.
    Jon
    2 years ago
    Thanks!
Kim
2 years ago
Hi Andrew,

Is it possible to create the layout of the city and then select a few buildings to export to 3DS max, create some destruction to those buildings and then import them back into AE with the same position ?

it would be a nice way to do layout for destruction shots.

BR

Kim
2 years ago
Quick question. Is it possible to use an .obj sequence as a particle array? (The only reason why I haven't tried it myself is because I just thought of it now, and my machine is currently rendering (in AE)

If so, then I would like ask if there are any side effects that may occur as a result?
    2 years ago
    DearOne. You can. But May be it will be heavy scene. That gonna need greater machine to render though. You were doubting with same problem I guess . :) Hehe
Josh
2 years ago
Just curious Andrew, but I think you worked on the Upside down trailer, am I correct? The first official use of Metropolitan in the interstitial cards?
Matteus
2 years ago
Any future plans for v.2 to be able to save/export extrusions made in E3d as obj? I'd love to see my titles disintegrate and/or shatter. Love this plug-in!!
    2 years ago
    Hey man, you're in luck, you can actually do that in V1.5, when you are in the Element workspace with your extruded text, hold 'Shift' and click 'File' in the top left corner, you will get an option that says 'Export .obj', it is Legit!
    Matteus
    2 years ago
    Shut the front door! Awesome news. Gonna have some fun with that. Thanks!
    Sloganlogo
    2 years ago
    Great Idea Matteus
Alan
2 years ago
So I have a rigged character animation in maya 2012. I assume I need to bake the animation to export it as a Obj sequence (i have a script) but I have no idea how to bake the animation in maya, any help would be appreciated
Leo B
2 years ago
hi
i cant seam to be able to download the update, its not accepting my old registration data ie my email and password
Robert
2 years ago
Just bought the pack. Looks great.

One question though...where are the 10 templates?

Best,

Robert
Chris
2 years ago
Why has the Metropolitan Pack no Cover to download like the other packs?
Warren
2 years ago
Hi, big fan and daily user of element! VC team, I have a problem adding materials now in 1.5. For example, i had a free spitfire model, got it all lovely for the party with some heinkel bombers. then I upgraded to 1.5, and then I separeted teh propellers so i could spin them in element, but when i went to "redecorate" I find I can't use the images, which are tga or something like that. also dds. my old nice spit is still there, but what do I do now? I'm sure I've missed something, eagerly awaiting advice. I have a strafing run planned and my planes are naked!!!
2 years ago
i can not download Metropolitan and Element 3D V1.5 ... it shown sign in...
Can you guide me how to register ? because there is no option to Register only Sign in ..

Thanks...
    2 years ago
    Buy Element 3D !!! Because i am seeing u some guys saying you cant register and update.. because if you would buy it you were knew how to get free update Andrew giving Element Customers. Dont use pirate versions please !!!!!!!!! Cause they work hard for us. They have all rightS to get paid what they worked for so hard from lots of days.
    [ Anyway I dont wanna overwhelm : But you questions answer is - if u will buy element then you gonna be able sign in for download the free update ]
2 years ago
Hey Andrew!

Great new models you have there! I downloaded them and made a commercial for my company :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7CcbreyHVM&feature=youtu.be
Ingo Smitt
2 years ago
Hello Andrew,

I wonder, why elements 3d doesn't read the mtl-files to the obj-files and place the materials / texturing automaticaly when importing the obj's

Seems that didn't change even in V1.5

Thanks
Ingo
botomcia
2 years ago
Nice and amazing pack. And i wonder how to create the effects of light strip running along 3D buildings' surfaces revealing another texture as seen in the promo video? anyone has an idea?
Adam
2 years ago
This is truly amazing. You're continuously revolutionizing AE with Element 3D and all the packs! This is great! Thank you Andrew Kramer and the Video Copilot team!
Rob
2 years ago
To Andrew,
Just been getting back into Heroes Season 1, and there is a nice explosion of New York because of a bomb going off (not saying no more due to spoilers) would it be possible to have the buildings in the Met pack shatter as if an A bomb has destroyed them? maybe a destruction building pack would be cool too.
Dave
2 years ago
Will someone in support please help, I pushed the button to buy the metropolitan Pack and somehow the order got switched to Element. I already own element and need the Metropolitan Pack. Can someone help me get this turned around today ?????

Thanks
    Dave
    2 years ago
    Hey guys, you can count on the VideoCopilot team to come thru. Even on a Saturday afternoon when an order get messed up, they turned it around in an hour.
    Much thanks to VideoCopilot....
    2 years ago
    They're always best in everything :D
FEDERICO
2 years ago
This pack is pretty good, but, why always look like cartoons?

Thanks for all!
2 years ago
I would be thank VC for Element 3D and especialy for Metropolitan Model Pack...125 dolars is very fine price and works fanstatic. Today I try to make samo metropolitan ,who can ,checkt it :

http://youtu.be/Tv3-fqxc7XA
The smithy
2 years ago
JJ Abrahams is now confirmed as director as Star Wars ep VII. We all now here that he is a big fan of mr Kramer. So I reckon video copilot might be getting some work for Star Wars. If this happens I can't express my excitement for Andrew and copilot team. WooHoo if it happens , and it will. Even it's just a title sequence. Lets see what happens
Slogan
2 years ago
Well Element 3D V1.5 really works, the Draft feature is a life saver...
Check out my little Element Test
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrSzRiuEHvI
Ben
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, great Package.
I'm looking forward to see a "Coruscant" Version of Metropolitan. Come on, you have to admit a thought like that came to your mind since Disney confirmed the JJ deal ;)
Matin
2 years ago
Hey andrew i love you man this is ultimately cool man!!!
oh and i recommend you to get a Asus GTX680 DirectCU II TOP they're kickass!!
because you deserve it and you need this kickass VGA even thou you have GTX 580 but 680 stays cooler and it goes to 1208 Mhz by overclocking!
Keep it up man!
2 years ago
Hi,
i made my first city and first cam-moves this morning and i was sooooo happy! Thank you for this great Plug-In! U rock!!
Greets from Germany!
2 years ago
Check out these 2 Renders :) These models are really detailed !!!!!!!
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/57526860/Metropolitan%201.jpg
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/57526860/Metropolitan%201.jpg
    Alexey
    2 years ago
    Cool! :) Which additional soft you used for render?
Jared
2 years ago
Guess since JJ will be directing the new Star Wars we may get some spaceship .obj files. Look forward to AK titles/lens flares!
Mootte
2 years ago
The Metropolitan Pack is really super nice it would be full of horny yet with snow
the houses
but otherwise tip the guys at the VC habens really crowded on it keep it up
Steve Green
2 years ago
Hi,

I know other people have asked about the AEP templates for Metropolitan mentioned in the promo material, do they install somewhere and I just haven't been able to find them, or were they overlooked?

No-one seems to have answered this question yet.

Thanks,

Steve
Jack
2 years ago
Have you considered offering a damaged building metro pack!?
2 years ago
Just one word.

Awesome!!!!
Element 4D
2 years ago
Hello Andrew, I know you are a busy and laborous guy and all but whatever happened to Element 3D supporting Intel motherboards? A few months ago you said on a blog post comment that it's a hard job to make Intel support Element...but aren't you going to do anything about it? I am dying to use Element...;(
BJ
2 years ago
I, like other on here can't seem to find the preset project files. Where do they live?
Matt
2 years ago
If you mutli fracture an object, the plugin/way you fracture it keeps all the materials per face/polygon!! How do you get all this UVW data to element??? because element is only giving my UV mapping ability with OBJ sequence!! When i import my OBJ sequence into element, I texture/material the fracture OBJ sequence but when i RAM preview, the material looks as if it is "slipping" through the material? (in a frontal mapping sort of way?
so confused! been through a whole day of fracturing baking and exporting! haha
SPARTACUS
2 years ago
Can anyone help please?

I have downloaded the patch to upgrade my existing Element 3D. All my models and presets have disappeared from the E3D window.

I have not purchased Metropoloitan. Do I need this to make the patch work.

Many thanks and my apologies if I have missed the blindingly obvious :-)
    2 years ago
    Did you install the V1.5 patch over your existing Element install, or did you uninstall element, and then install V1.5. I installed the patch over my existing Element & my presets stayed the same.

    In the Element workspace, hold Shift and click File in the top left corner. You should see an option that says "Relink Presets", try that & see if it works! Good Luck!
    Mikey J
    2 years ago
    I'm having this issue as well. Tried relinking the presets but it just sits there with a window open that says "Relinking Presets..."
2 years ago
Dude! This is outrageous...the combo of Element V 1.5 and Metro is a gift at this price. You're spoiling us all with work of this quality at this price point. That said, please don't stop!
Darin
2 years ago
JJ Abrams/Star Wars!!!!! maybe a Cloud City model pac??? what do you think Andrew?
Goatley
2 years ago
Once again Andrew does more amazing work. I was wondering if anyone knows if the 3DS Max plugin, Rayfire, can be used on this Metropolitan pack???
Joey
2 years ago
Hey made this video using Element it is a Star Wars Parody, tell me what you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35HWl97s85k
    2 years ago
    Wow was pretty amazing ,keep doing your videos , you are doing them very well , and if you like come and see my youtube channel named quark , we upload videos every week
OlympiaLogger
2 years ago
Hey everybody... I'm thinking Brothrer Andrew might have a gig working on the new Star Wars. His good buddy J.J. will be the director. How about that Andrew? Any chance?
    Ed
    2 years ago
    The Flare is strong with this one.
Tyler
2 years ago
Would still really like to know where those 10 templates and aep files are. Thanks guys!!

Awesome work.
2 years ago
This brand new pack is really cool, you guys are amazing!
Here is a test for metropolitan, I kind of use it as a matte painting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_RyO6y5aUY&feature=youtu.be
Jeremy
2 years ago
I am like 2 days away from buying this. I fully appreciate the hard work that goes into this. Thanks VC team!
tommy
2 years ago
Great update! I'm soo ready to give this a whirl, only thing is, I don't know how to export to an .OBJ sequence. I downloaded the script, ran it, and "exported", but can't seem to find the file. I know I did something wrong. Anybody got ideas?
Nsite
2 years ago
So there are supposed to be some city templates and AE project files, anyone find those in there anywhere?
Bob
2 years ago
Variety just said that jj Abrhams will direct th next star Wars i hope that once again you will be involved
Ben
2 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Awesome work on the packs. Just heard the JJ Abrams is directing the new star wars. Does that mean that you will be working on star wars???? That would be awesome!
2 years ago
So far all I've seen is the tops of the buildings. Any chance of doing a demo with footage of the ground level so we can see what that looks like? Thanks
Elfedelazik
2 years ago
The pack is just amazing.
I have a question I am wondering where to find the models .OBJ files. I found maps file, but for models only a big .epack file (as for any additional pack).
Thank you.
    2 years ago
    You can download the alternate 3D files from the product page. The epack is for Element only.
    Elfedelazik
    2 years ago
    Thanks a lot :)
rer
2 years ago
hopefully in the future VC will create their own plugin for c4d and other apps for exporting/importing instead of needing a 3rd party plug like riptide.....something like what zbrush and realflow have made.
the future is looking great with vc, keep it up guys, your setting the new standard for customer satisfaction and service, great job!!
Cho
2 years ago
i will recomended our client and friend for new 3D element andrew :D
Great job !!
this my reel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwbSQieta4Q
Hari
2 years ago
I have maya objs that were modeled in quads and uvd. Once importing them into Element3d for look dev assign a material i can't really see the material on the obj. The model just looks black. Any ideas?What i am doing wrong?
    Hari
    2 years ago
    I found out its just the Normals i had to reverse it.
Moviescorefreak1
2 years ago
Element 3D Ocean Simulation Tutorial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS7XXnd8vlw&feature=youtu.be
    Daluz
    2 years ago
    Great work. One of the few original (and good) Element work ive seen outside here.
    Derecho
    2 years ago
    Thank you very much for this. It is very helpful and clear. I was thinking we might need a basic tut on creating Blender sequences and voila!
Xavier Moscoso
2 years ago
HI, I might be missing something, I just bought the Metropolitan pack, to use only with C4D, but i cant figure out how to use it??? I fallowed the instructions but it only installed a folder in my documents call VidioCopilot there is a file there with a epack extension ??? Btw im using a Mac.

help
John Ford
2 years ago
Awesome pack. I was wondering for future tutorials if you could go over a method for breathing life into the city streets. Adding fractal noise for fast moving car headlights works ok, but it would be great to see a workflow for adding randomly generated particle people that stay between the buildings and have some depth.

Also would it be possible with future updates of element to incorporate some type of dynamic shift between wireframe and composite outputs? In the demo there is a fairly linear wipe between the two, but it would be great to see different sections of each building slowly form into the final texture. Thanks again for an amazing pack!
chris
2 years ago
Hey Andrew, looks awesome but can you post up some images of how the metropolitan pack looks from the street level? Also is there any plans to release more buildings and such? Maybe a set of very run down buildings or buildings that are broken as you would see in a post-apocalptic setting. Keep up the good work!
2 years ago
Yeah, so I knew about the Glows added to 1.5, but when I saw the Obj sequence support I nearly collapsed out of my chair. I have a Maya/Vray project that I estimated an 11 DAY render for, or about $650 on rebusfarm. I couldn't use Element because about 15 seconds of the 5 minutes worth of frames would have deformation. Now it looks like you guys have saved me a bunch of time/money :) So thanks for that!
shorey
2 years ago
Hi Andrew

Here how to do sign up??? Please
Mr_Mijagi
2 years ago
Hello everybody,

awesome update, awesome pack!!

One question: where do I find the 4k images, that Andrew uses in his tutorial, for the background and the environment? Is it in the metropolitan pack? And if yes, where? Any suggestion is appreciated. :)
    2 years ago
    I also could not find the 4k images. Anyone?
2 years ago
Love the metropolitan-pack, and will definitely buy it as soon as possible! Check out some of our VFX-projects on youtube, where we use Element 3D as much as we can! Thank you, and keep it up Andrew!

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheEnrichmentStudios
jeff shrin
2 years ago
Since updating yesterday, all my projects with Element in them won't render. I get a spinning pinwheel then a "AE not responding" in my Activity monitor. I tried rendering without any Element efx solids and I can render those. I have fixed my permissions and reloaded finder, but I am out of ideas... any suggestions?
2 years ago
I Have A Question For Element 3D When I Texture A Helicopter The Helicopter Is Not Texture Properly Why ? Please Give Me A Answer And is This Posible to give me a tutorial For This Please give Me And Element 3D is Realy Cool And Also You Are Realey Cool Thanks A.K
Darren
2 years ago
Hi Andrew,
I think there are so many more options now to think about.

How about:

Urban Packs ( Domestic houses, shops, parks, trees etc)
Sweets ( Candy )
Christmas Pack
Easter Pack
Office Pack ( Creating arrays of desks and Partitions etc, fly through a MET pack building into an Office Floor, SuperMarket )

Just a thought
Darren
2 years ago
Hey Andrew,
Could you provide a tutorial or two on how to combine the buildings with real footage?
For example using a Helicopter flying through a street showing people walking, or someone standing on the roof of a building and you fly over and zoom into the person?
Alain
2 years ago
Just a quik tip !

For those of you who would like to add more 3D objects to their library, just follow this link: http://www.turbosquid.com/Search/3D-Models/free/obj

You can find nice FREE 3D obj files. You can also find some for a fee.
Durgesh Jagtap
2 years ago
hats OFF too you mannn
truelyy AwsomEEEE!!!!!! wowwwww
Jad
2 years ago
Great news !!!!!!!!! Really cool that you have made the 1.5 upgrade for free !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3D5GkvttSA Would really appreciate to know what you think about my last production !!
Ruben Monteiro
2 years ago
Have someone tried AO new feature with camera DOF? I'm having some issues with green and black lines that appear in the comp. Does someone had the same issue?
    rod
    2 years ago
    Same problem here with DoF. I have contacted the support.
    rod
    2 years ago
    Okay, I have fixed the problem with the latest graphics cards driver.
    Ruben Monteiro
    2 years ago
    Hi Rod, glad to know u solved this ; ) you're on windows right? I tried to do the same (update the drivers) but i'm on a iMac and the only way that i know how to update drivers is through the software updater and it says no updates available. I already contacted support but if someone knows a workaround on this i would appreciate the help.
    Cheers!
Stason
2 years ago
OBJ sequences are cool, but why did Point cache? Problems with motion blur would not, and do not use the plug Realsmart Motion Blur. Will Point cache added in the next update? Thanks for the coolest plug Andrew :)
PS: Sorry for my english
Zafar Sahel
2 years ago
hi mr.andrew i want to purchase this metropolitan pack.but i don't know how to sign up for an account in your web site .
Petja
2 years ago
Nice job with the update!
Does the OBJ sequences support motion blur?
    2 years ago
    Since OBJ sequences do not contain sub-frames for interpolation so we recommend using a plug-in called Realsmart Motion Blur for adding motion blur. It's quite fast and inexpensive from revisionfx.com
    Paul
    2 years ago
    Andrew....why don't you try and establish VCP as a licensed re-seller or Reelsmart Blur? Just a thought ;)
Tyler
2 years ago
It says 10 city templates.. I don't see those AE project files. Maybe I'm missing them somewhere?

Thanks.
Tyler
2 years ago
Wow Andrew!! That was the fastest customer service I've ever received, from the source too! Now where can I find those preset project files, and thank you so much! Amazing product, as usual.
Matt
2 years ago
I still Have to say, Im super happy with this update, not so happy I have since found out Riptide pro is better OBJ exporter for c4d, However, auto normals seems to work OK, does it/would it slow down the comp?
Tyler
2 years ago
For some reason the update seems to lock up or I cant see the Element interface now, and its super aggravating... I click on edit scene and its like the window is there 'somewhere' but I cant see it anywhere.

ugh.
    2 years ago
    Try holding down Shift and clicking on the scene setup to reset the window position.
2 years ago
An hour and a half of work, testing this thing far from perfect but this has massive potential!! Have a look thanks VCP!
http://vimeo.com/58062930
LJ
2 years ago
any future hope for OBJ sequence animal pack ? bats, insects , birds etc.... or OBJ sequence blood splatter pack in 3d for freeze motion matrix style ?
2 years ago
These products are INSANE. The gratitude to VideoCopilot for what they due is impossible to quantify..singlehandedly motivated me to move from traditional graphic design to motion graphics.

@Andrew Kramer - I think the Metropolitan promo or page mentioned pre-built cityscapes...are these completely fictional or do they have loose resemblance to actual cities? Same goes for the building models...any actual representations of real world buildings are just all original VC creations?

Either way, SICK, SICK STUFF! Impossible to even comprehend all the possibilities.
2 years ago
I am totally agree. I\'ve been using Maya for more than five years and to see the final render or fix lightning with VRay or Mental Ray can take weeks to get it right, but this is helping workflow a lot. Thank Andrew and the team who make this happend. Will be nice Andrew if you expose them so we can know who is behind the Element 3D.

Thanks again. God Bless America!
Roner
2 years ago
Btw some old buildings would be really cool. Maybe even some Favela Ghetto Packs, Arabic Buildings, Old Barns, Russian Buildings, Bamboo Island stuff and so on... I guess a lot of people would buy and appreciate it...
Thanks again for the great work and ambition you put into Videocopilot....
Roner
2 years ago
Nice Update. Awesome Metropolitan Pack!!!! Thanks VCP Team!!!
Alain
2 years ago
My first CITY with METROPOLITAN PACK!!! Fun Fun!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK6BQnxJ7w4&feature=youtu.be
Dr_Stef
2 years ago
Thanks for that handy spike filter! Getting rid of those pesky spike invaders is way easier now :). Such a relief not to deal with them anymore
Oliver Sparrow
2 years ago
Andrew! You would be my hero if you gave away just one building for freezies! Please, please, please do so. (However, you already are my hero, but it would be awesome if you gave away a 3D model of a building)
    jb
    2 years ago
    Seriously Oliver? That sounds pretty moocher. :)
Jim
2 years ago
Wow, that's amazing!
cheekylilbasterd
2 years ago
Mr Andrew
In the near future can you implement export feature so when you build your scene in element you can export any 3d scene file like fbx or something ?
2 years ago
For folks using Blender, it supports OBJ sequence export. No additional scripts needed like C4D. :P
    shawn
    2 years ago
    Thanks Tom, you saved me checking that out! I'm one of the poor kids on the block who can't afford C4D.
Alain
2 years ago
Andrew! do you have in mind make animated PACK now since you made this dream a reality for those who dont know how to work on 3D software yet??? thanks
Nick
2 years ago
Hey this is amazing!!! Great pack and a lot hard work on this Andrew!!!

I`m wondering if you are planning to making that transportation pack...!!!
i mean with planes,cars and stuff!

Keep the good work!
Paul
2 years ago
Hey Mr Kramer! Are there any plans on you guys releasing a more 'European' style collection of buildings? As much as I would like your pack, it doesn't look anything like a London landscape. Your buildings are too new! :(
    2 years ago
    Would love to! We will look into this for sure.
    Lee
    2 years ago
    I second this. A colonial/European pack would be great. A lot of these buildings don't work for cities like DC/Boston/Philly etc. They're too 'new'. That said, they do look fantastic.
    Ubiq
    2 years ago
    Yeah I'd love a European city pack as well. Metropolitan automatically places the scene in the US or maybe one of the huge Asian innercities. There is no city in Europe that looks like this, with all the ornaments on centuries old houses you'll find in European inner cities, the ancient civil buildings, catheadrals, old churches, and what not.
    Omizu
    2 years ago
    +1
    I will go even further : famous monument (Eiffel tour, Rome coliseum, Tokyo tower, Sydney opera,...), gas station, places of worship (church, cathedral, mosque, Jewish temple, Asian temples,...), ...

    Many possibilities, many packs to be made :)
    Mike
    2 years ago
    I'm living in Germany right now. Would gladly send you reference pics of different buildings if that would be helpful...
    2 years ago
    Actually I have to say as far as requests for future packs, this really is one of the best yet. This is a wonderful idea :0)
Kevin
2 years ago
I know this site is catered towards AE but I think under these circumstances, some in-depth C4D tutorials are called for.
robb
2 years ago
I smell like a vehicle pack coming, or maybe a green pack with trees plants etc... because we can't built NY without central park, or a pack with animated objects...
You have recreated the Pandora's box.
Greetings these products are really great
    Rob
    2 years ago
    Or an "alien world, city, forest etc" pack
Michelle
2 years ago
Has anyone else had issues with the new update messing up aspect ratios? I was using Element v1.03 in a 1440 x 1080 comp with an aspect ratio of 1.33 to match the video I was editing it into and when I installed the update the Element animation became stretched. I ended up having to revert back to the old version so I don't lose all the work I did. It's really going to suck if the update messes up all the aspect ratios on my old projects.
Schwane
2 years ago
I just downloaded and love the pack!
But I wonder about the Ae templates mentioned in the video. Where does it install them?
Lee
2 years ago
Andrew,
Looks fantastic, and I'll definitely be purchasing within a few weeks. One question though, in your demo of the Metropolitan pack you showed us how to use the "prebuilt city" models (and tile them.) In that section there are a series of empty road/street blocks. I was wondering if you might be able to demo/explain how one could easily add buildings to these empty sections to create custom city blocks. Would one simply draw a custom shape, place that in 3D space, and then use that for the particle generator on top of the block?

Thanks for all of your hard work/advice. Love your stuff!

-Lee
    Ray
    2 years ago
    you could have the empty block on Group 1 and add separate buildings on different groups and place them where you like.
JJ
2 years ago
You've got the rain, but where's the Space Needle?
    Ed Ferguson
    2 years ago
    Landmarks would be cool.
Don
2 years ago
So looking forward to picking this up shortly! Playing with glow engine in new v 1.5. Looking forward to using this in a project right now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmcwH3TeBmA&feature=youtu.be
Alain
2 years ago
Wow ! Just purchased the Met pack ! This is great ! I needed that for a project of mine.

There is only one problem... Where is Racoon City ??
    2 years ago
    That's classified.
    Alain
    2 years ago
    Hey ! I paid good money for this package plus the whole bundle !!

    There should be at least a hint as where to find Racoon City !! Plus, I don't see any zombies !!
    Rob
    2 years ago
    Alain, are you making a Resident Evil fan film or something, I'd like the MET pack but I need element 3d 1.0 and 1.5 first. Lack of money gets in the way everytime. It will be mine....oh yes it will be mine. Mr A Kramer, get buddying up with Mr JJ Abrams as he's working on the new Star Wars. Your lightsaber tutorial could come in handy for it. ;)
2 years ago
Hey,

had no time looking into the 1.5 update yet, but please tell me you guys added support for a global texture/object folder and added a Replace Model button!
Chad
2 years ago
Amazing pack and update! A suggestion for a new pack, I had to make a couple of commercials with gears and I did them in 3ds Max. Having a gears pack available would have made life a lot easier. Keep up the great work!
    Slogan
    2 years ago
    What type of gears Chad ???
    In the motion design graphics pack there are loads of machine parts etc etc??
    Chad
    2 years ago
    Slogan. Thanks for the reply! I do have that pack but the project I was working on required a BUNCH of different gears that I had to make in 3DS Max. It would have been so much easier to have a pack and use AE instead. :)
    Daniel
    2 years ago
    You could have always exported the gears out of 3ds Max and used them in Element? Considering you've already made the gears, would save you having to buy a pack that VC probably wouldn't release anyways.
    Chad
    2 years ago
    Daniel, I actually thought of that..........after I completed the project :)
Nihar
2 years ago
Why Element cannot handel the 16'' / 20'' file for a magazine cover.
when i open it it do crash (WHOLE AFTEREFFECT)
says - element cannot suport this resolution.
Not even in this new 1.5 version.
I thought you guys fixed that bug i mention nearly 5 times in comments everywhere previously :(
    mc01
    2 years ago
    Confused - Are you trying to import a magazine cover image for use in video, or trying to output 3D stuff from Element for use in a print cover?

    Using a ~300dpi print-res image anywhere in AE is likely to suck up available memory, because each frame can only handle so much. This has nothing to do w/Element - it's a limitation of AE and a result of you using the wrong image format. If you're trying to create a video showing the magazine cover, you'd first need to convert the print-res magazine cover image to screen-resolution. It can still be a high-res/lossless TIFF or PSD, but save it at 72dpi instead of 300.

    If you mean you want to export something from Element to include in the printed cover, you need to create just the 3D at whatever size you need, and integrate it in Photoshop, or Illustrator, or a program actually meant for print graphics.
Joshua
2 years ago
Hey Andrew,

How hard would it be to blow up one of those buildings? (and make it look good)

Love this website and your tutorials by the way.
rod
2 years ago
Andrew,
thanks for the great 1.5 patch!!!

Unfortunately, I have found out that the problem with the lights (more than 6 lights won´t work - textures/materials will be colored/lighted wrong) still exists.

Will this "bug" be solved in v2.0?

best regards
    Nihar
    2 years ago
    Hey @Rod
    Can you upload & mail me the update version 1.5 of element 3D..
    Cause i cannot sign in for some reasons I tried hardest it wont work.
    I really need it
    email : nihardevilroy@yahoo.com
    please
    2 years ago
    Hi Rod,

    Could you email support with your computer specs so we could help you find a solution?

    Thanks!
Mel
2 years ago
Andrew

Are the buildings fractured so I can make them crumble?

Thanks
Eric
2 years ago
It looks like I will have this same issue except for Lightwave 3D 11. Anyone know how to render OBJ sequences for this? Thanks, Eric
2 years ago
Andrew,

Do you have any plans in the near future to release a model pack with vehicles and jets that you use in your examples? Maybe even add in a falcon?
2 years ago
Here's my first test with Metropolitan. Kind of reminds me of something else...
https://vimeo.com/58016683
    Dr_Stef
    2 years ago
    Damnit you beat me to the punch! I wanted to do the exact same thing haha. Looks awesome dude!
Matt
2 years ago
I have CS6, the new updated Element 1.5 - I use Cinema 4D R14 with the Latest Plexus obj exporter that is Compatible with R14, I export a 100 frame OBJ sequence, import to element perfectly, but the OBJ sequence in Element is flat, there is no material, and if I apply a material to it nothing happens? Absolutely no shading, it doesnt have ambient occlusion nothing! Is this a big waste of my money?
    Matt
    2 years ago
    AUTO NORMALS!!!!! Life saver! Can safely say this update has opened a whole new way of solving the Projects im working on at the moment!!!After 2 hours of flicking every option on and off 100 to -100 it was Auto Normals!
Blake
2 years ago
You are making history Andrew!
Mack Ignacio
2 years ago
I can't download the update of Element 3d V1.5
    2 years ago
    Please contact support and we'll help you out
    pato
    2 years ago
    the update is only for those who purchased the element 3d 1.0.345 im like you i cant download the update
2 years ago
Short Film and Element 3D www.epicfilmes.com - Psalm 23:4
    Shawn
    2 years ago
    Nice! I like the pages lifting from the street. Nice cinematography there. The demons are creepy. Love the one that's crawing around. You picked a good bad guy too! Good job.
    2 years ago
    Thanks Shawn!
Slogan
2 years ago
Wow this Pack rocks....though I have noticed you don't seem to get as many buildings as it seems in the Demo ??
    Ray
    2 years ago
    I was wondering this as well. 15/104/104 in pack but 30/156/115 in demo video. What are the extra models?
Omizu
2 years ago
Nice!

Just lets hope that a new bundle will be made with Metropolitan + Vehicle (announced when Element came out, still waiting for that one) for those who bought the full bundle when Element came out in first place.
2 years ago
it's just the best!! :)
Insaf
2 years ago
Andrew, Man you are awesome.pure genius.. WELL DONE BRO!
2 years ago
Great job ¡ we like it
2 years ago
Alright... looking so frickin' forward to that one! ;)

Is there a descent OBJ-Sequence exporter for max 2012 available?
I am currently using the gw::OBJ exporter Plugin which doesn't seem to support OBJ-Sequence.
2 years ago
Very very nice. But... what is that Bacon folder, inside your models folder?
    Ray
    2 years ago
    pretty funny that the cop car was in the bacon folder haha
Matin
2 years ago
Andrew please read this
i don't have an account on your website and i want to download update please help me i want to download this FREE UPDATE if it's actually FREE!
and yes METROPOLITAN PACK IS AWESOME!!!
waiting for the future model pack because i need that more ;)
    CR
    2 years ago
    Its a free update for those who bought Element 3D. Its not free for everybody. But its totally worth every cent.
    Sven Van Lathem
    2 years ago
    Dude, it's an update to the Element 3D 1.0 that they are selling. If you didn't buy Element 3D you can't update it... and you had to make an account on VCP to buy it
    christian
    2 years ago
    How did you buy Element 3D without an account?

    The update is free if you bought E3D, and if you havent bought it, it is not free.
    2 years ago
    Maybe he was a tester of the original Element 3D or maybe he has a pirate version...
    Matin
    2 years ago
    Guys i have element 3D the problem is i don't want to use any accounts i want the update file that's all i want!
    i'm having problems with my account and i don't want to use it, i'm not looking for solutions i just want this update!!
    Nihar
    2 years ago
    Same problem. I brough E3D but i cannot now signin for download the 1.5 version update.
    IDK why.. :/ Its ridiculous !!!!
    Agree with matin..
    Anyone wanna help me out can anyone send the file by mail to my mail adress given below. Help will be really apriciated.. Please

    nihardevilroy@yahoo.com
    JimH
    2 years ago
    If you can't login then you should contact VCP support, not ask others for the file.
    John doe
    2 years ago
    Man ! This is impossible ! If you LEGALLY purchased E3D, then you automatically have an account !!

    If you forgot your password, contact VCP and they will help you !

    Otherwise, you are just a pirate or a wise guy trying to dupe us !
    Roy
    2 years ago
    Some people are just not very smart - unbelievable! I hope no one falls for this.
    2 years ago
    Please contact support (at) videocopilot.net if you are having problems with your account. We're here to help.
    Matin
    2 years ago
    ok i'll see what i can do.
    but i remembered the optical flares update didn't need any account but OK i'll see what i can do with the support
    wwe
    2 years ago
    Dude, no pian ,no gain
    Simon
    2 years ago
    Please contact support for the update... Just saying you own it doesn't prove it. I had a few probe and they're happy to help and really quick at replying. Try it.
2 years ago
My eyeballs are burning... That is the second E3D demo you've released that quite frankly, gave me goosebumps! Can't wait to see what people achieve with this (however, so far, the element 3D attempts I HAVE seen, are mostly terrible)
2 years ago
Congrats, guys, good work!
Kevin Schires
2 years ago
Nice job, the reflections work pretty well even though it's an env map.
Let's hope this will stop people from asking for ray-traced reflections!
Farshad
2 years ago
woooow i can't believe . VERY thanks Andrew
2 years ago
Finally!
that sounds cool!
2 years ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i98gz9S19K4 hi andrew please check out to this video i want your comment
2 years ago
Amazing man, I did a 3d city scape once in maya and took weeks just to get the rendering looking right, next time I got some spare cash I'm going to buy Element 3D, Even though I have a masters in VFX using Nuke, I learnt AE through you and that's what I use most of the time. Your a Legend.
    2 years ago
    I am totally agree. I've been using Maya for more than five years and to see the final render or fix lightning with VRay or Mental Ray can take weeks to get it right, but this is helping workflow a lot. Thank Andrew and the team who make this happend. Will be nice Andrew if you expose them so we can know who is behind the Element 3D.

    Thanks again. God Bless America!
    mony bony
    2 years ago
    rendering in e3d look like vray rendering yeah? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08jXl4xmv1I
grant imbo
2 years ago
amzing product andrew, keep it up!
2 years ago
Downloaded the update. Very cool......but I own cinema 4d and it doesn't support obj sequence export. Is there a other way to import animated sequences in element or only obj???
    2 years ago
    2 years ago
    The Plexus-obj-sequence-exporter is well worth the money.
    wenluc
    2 years ago
    woohoo, it works! I was a little sceptic about the plugin. Because a saw somewhere that it didn't render faces of an obj. But it turned out that they updated the plexus plugin! Sorry to bother you guys! Love the update!
    Elfedelaizk
    2 years ago
    Riptide pro does this very well too: http://skinprops.com/riptidepro/index.htm
    Matt
    2 years ago
    Hey Wenluc, I would hugely appreciate if you told me how you exported the sequence from Cinema to Element with the Plexus obj Exporter???

    When ever i try, the obj sequence is flat in the element plugin, IE: No material gives it reflection, it does not have ambient occlusion in the comp or anything!!

    Am i missing something?

    Cinema 4D R14, CS6, E3D 1.5.
    wenluc
    2 years ago
    he Matt, have you applied a material to the object in cinema 4d?
    wenluc
    2 years ago
    Matt, I see what you mean! I have the same problem. When I drop my pro shaders presets on the obj model it's just flat. I didn't see it before because I was to exited to test it out. So I just drop in a new material on a cube in C4D and animated it. Now I tested it........I guess.......there goes my money :-(
    2 years ago
    The plexus exporter is good for point data used by plexus, but for Element it is has to render polygons. The issue is that it doesn't export the polygon normals for the models, so when you first import the sequence it will look grayed out (and I don't believe it has an option to export the normals). You can hit the auto-normals button in Element and it will generate normals and you can adjust the threshold to get it looking ok. But the auto-normals in Element could possibly bog down the speed of your project a bit if it has to do this for a 100 file-plus sequence, and sometimes may not look as desired. So far in my experience, the Riptide Pro plug-in does a better job as it has more export options (such as exporting normals, uvw coordinates, etc,). Not to say it doesn't have its own issues, but for the most part its does the job well. There's also a free trial period if you want to check it out, Elfedelaizk linked to it.
    wenluc
    2 years ago
    Thnx guys! Already bought the plugin, haha. Riptide pro works excellent! Just a shame that I wasted my money on plexus. These two plugins together are almost worth a model pack from videocopilot ;-) but he at least I got it working now. So.....on with my project! And thnx again.
    Matt
    2 years ago
    Wenluc yeah me too, I purchased the plexus OBJ exporter, as I aslo use plexus, but Im sad to see having Element use Auto Normals can slow down the scene!! Does the Riptide Pro Plugin work well with Cinema R14? This plugin however, is now, for me since the obj sequence, its the bridge my workflow has needed for many months!!! Big ups Kramer and crew!
    Matt
    2 years ago
    Thanks Dustin for that info!! really Appreciate it! Do you use Riptide with Cinema R14?
    Filip Vijoglavin
    2 years ago
    Hello good people of videocopilot! Save your money and use free 3D software called "Blender". You can export your animation in obj sequence.
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